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Upcoming Colloquium

What are Majorana zero modes and why should you care?
Dr. Sankar Das Sarma, University of Maryland, College Park

January 31, 2022
11:00am via Zoom

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Sankar Das Sarma

I will describe the search for Majorana zero modes, which are predicted exotic bound states in certain types of superconductors. These Majorana modes enable fault tolerant quantum computation because of their peculiar topological properties allowing non Abelian braiding. I will discuss the underlying theory and the experimental progress toward Majorana laboratory realization.

topology donut
Fig. How topology makes Majorana modes robust.

The Colloquium is a unique opportunity for students to learn about new developments in physics and what physicists do after they graduate. Hosted by the Department of Physics and Astronomy at California State University Long Beach, the weekly meetings invite guests from universities, research laboratories, and industry to present and discuss current topics in physics. All students are encouraged to attend for a well-rounded experience and training in physics.

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The Spring 2022 colloquia starts on January 31.

Upcoming Colloquia
Date Title Speaker and Affiliation
January 31, 2022 What are Majorana zero modes and why should you care? Dr. Sankar Das Sarma, University of Maryland College Park
February 7, 2022 Investigating the Origin of the Stars Closest to the Milky Way Supermassive Black Hole Devin Chu, UCLA
February 14, 2022 (topic: astronomy) TBD
February 21, 2022 (topic: astronomy) TBD
February 28, 2022 (topic: astronomy) TBD
March 7, 2022 Exploring the Milky Way's past and present using the atomic hydrogen emission Juan Diego Soler, Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali. Rome, Italy

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